Sara Chipps wanted to spend the weekend talking geeky things while spending time outdoors camping. So, as any community-oriented person would do, she started a conference: Concept Camp. It is coming on September 25-27, 2009.
Concept Camp is a weekend camping trip, focused on a Saturday of hard-core discussion/presentations surrounding a theme. The structure sounds really cool: get some devs together from various walks of life, put them at a campground, organize a couple talks around a theme, make sure there is social stuff (read: music and drinks) and let the hilarity ensue. The conference is $40 to cover camp site and food.
This year, the theme is 'Design Patterns.' Sara was kind enough to invite me to deliver the morning keynote to get everyone ready for the day. The tentative title for my talk is 'Design Patterns are problems, not solutions.' You'll have to come to Concept Camp to see what that is all about. I'm very honored to be asked, and I am very excited to see what I have to say, but I'm sure that there will be a few mentions of software craftsmanship. :)
You know you want to come! If you want more information, contact Sara or me.